Archives for August 2015


Why you shouldn’t flush your unwanted medications down the loo

If you've been following this blog for a couple of months, you know that I sometimes find inspiration for new posts from fibro and ME/CFS support groups on Facebook. (Don't worry: I never use the names of the groups or their members!) The other day I read a post that made me cringe. The poster explained that she was so happy because she had cleaned out her medicine cabinet and flushed all of her unwanted medications (about 15 bottles or so, if I remember correctly) down the toilet. If you've read much about environmental issues, then you may have just cringed, too. Years ago, I … [Read more...]


This week’s fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news (week of August 24, 2015)

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Top headlines... More news in the legal saga over the severity of Cymbalta's withdrawal symptoms: "Eli Lilly and Co. downplayed the withdrawal risk of its antidepressant drug Cymbalta to the point of fraud, a pair of women told a Virginia federal jury Monday, saying the company portrayed their symptoms as rare when almost half of the patients experienced similar withdrawal," according to Law360. (Unfortunately, I don't have a link to the rest of this story because Law360 is a subscription-based website. Other media doesn't appear to have covered this trial yet, … [Read more...]


Playing the chronic illness blame game

When we're chronically ill, it's easy to play the blame game. Every new symptom becomes part of the complicated mishmash of our illness. If our shoulder hurts, we think it must be a weird new fibro or ME/CFS pain.  If we feel dizzy, we chalk it up to excessive brain fog. If we're super tired, we figure we must have overdone it the day before. But as I learned earlier this month, sometimes that kind of thinking is a big mistake. Not everything is fibro's or ME/CFS' fault. For the past few months, my feet have been killing me. I couldn't stand more than two hours before the pain became … [Read more...]


This week’s fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news (week of August 17, 2015)

Top stories ... Cymbalta drugmaker Eli Lilly & Co. has won round two against hundreds of patients who claim they weren't properly warned of the antidepressant's withdrawal symptoms. Cymbalta is one of three U.S. FDA-approved drugs commonly prescribed to treat fibromyalgia. A California judge halted plaintiff Erin Hexum's trial against Eli Lilly last week after he learned that her doctor hadn't read Cymbalta's product warning label, and therefore couldn't have advised Hexum of Cymbalta's side effects. This is the second trial related to Cymbalta's withdrawal symptoms heard this month in … [Read more...]


This week’s headlines (week of August 10, 2015)

Top stories ... Eli Lilly & Co. has won round one of a legal battle against patients who allege the company hasn't been forthcoming about withdrawal symptoms from Cymbalta, an antidepressant commonly prescribed to treat fibromyalgia. Good news for those with ME/CFS: Hemispherx Biopharma and myTomorrows are partnering to offer an Early Access Program to supply rintatolimod (tradename Ampligen) for the treatment of ME/CFS to patients with an unmet medical need in Europe and Turkey. Research news ... Quality of life is worse for people with ME/CFS than those with cancer, multiple … [Read more...]


Using d-ribose for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome

This post contains affiliate links.  I was scrolling through my Facebook feed a few days ago, and I noticed a post from a woman on one of the fibromyalgia/ME/CFS support groups, asking fellow members if they'd ever used prescription stimulants to relieve fatigue. Over the past couple of years, I've seen this same question asked a number of times, and every time, it makes me feel worried and sad for the person who is posting it. I've never used prescription stimulants myself, and I do not judge people who do, but my gut tells me that adding stimulants to a person who is already … [Read more...]


This week’s headlines (week of August 3, 2015)

Top stories ... More than $5 million in funding for ME/CFS research has been cut from the (U.S.) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2016 budget. This is a BIG, BIG deal for the ME/CFS community because research dollars are already scant (see Cort Johnson's stories below). The Solve ME/CFS Initiative is leading an effort to have the money restored. They are asking the public to email members of the U.S. Senate's budget committee. Details, including email addresses and a form letter, are available here. Ever wonder why we don't have better treatments for fibromyalgia and ME/CFS? … [Read more...]

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